My first thought?

I wonder, then, if we ever do see something close to a stable Syrian state, if the powers that be will learn from what has happened/is happening elsewhere in the middle east and embrace these militias headed up by local notables. In Libya, you’ve got militias that are more like armies, and in Iraq, the promise of the Sunni awakening has been replaced by hyper-Shia partisanship.

It’s a hell of a situation. Makes one long for the Ottoman days, sometimes.

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